THE TIME it takes to identify and process feelings depends on the nature and severity of the wound. Some offenses, like abuse or violence, may require years and professional help. Whatever the offense, a fundamental rule for processing anger is this: Do not harm yourself or anyone else. We must learn to manage the physical stimuli that grip us after a hurt. Anger can be as challenging to control as a wild stallion. When wronged, we need to let our emotions subside before acting. This may mean taking a break and removing ourselves physically from the situation. During this time-out, it is important not to replay the offense.
- Kathleen Fischer
Forgiving Your Family
From page 37 of Forgiving Your Family: A Journey to Healing by Kathleen Fischer. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Do you practice a period of time-out when you are angry? Share your thoughts.
Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.
John 6:47, NRSV
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This week we remember Florence Nightingale (August 13).
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